Hervé Télémaque: Le chant du coq
Le chant du coq
12 colour pigment inkjet print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 308g paper
61 x 83 cm
Edition of 45 + 5 APs
Hand signed and numbered by the artist
This limited edition by Télémaque is released on the occasion of his first institutional show in the UK, A Hopscotch of the Mind. Reflecting the unique and playful visual vocabulary of his exhibition, this print is a ‘sketch’ of abstract gestures, a puzzle that resembles what might become cartoon-like imagery. Traces of past pencil lines lie underneath rich block colours and reveal a snippet of the artist’s process when creating the composition: a peak into the mind of Télémaque. This edition encourages the viewer to form their own associations between fragments of the composition and the striking pop of yellow, blue, brown and red.
Born in 1937 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Télémaque left for New York in 1957 entering an art scene dominated by Abstract Expressionism. In 1961, he moved permanently to Paris, associating with the Surrealists and later co-founding the Narrative Figuration movement in France with art critic Gérald Gassiot-Talabot and artist Bernard Rancillac. A reaction against the dominant trend towards Abstract art and the developing movement of Pop art in North America, Télémaque’s Narrative Figuration often results in works with a Pop sensibility that incorporate consumer objects and signs. The artist then inflects these images with an astute criticality, producing work in dialogue with current events, such as the Cold War, the Cuban missile crisis, US intervention in the Dominican Republic, and contemporary French politics.
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